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Chelsea Staub, Kyle Massey — Cross Continental Bonding

Kevin Jonas, Chelsea Staub, Joe J., Nicole Anderson, Nick J. Disney Channel photo

Among the friends and fans cheering for Kyle Massey in “Dancing with the Stars” is fellow Disney Channel name Chelsea Staub.  The “Jonas L.A.” actress has come to know the former “Cory in the House” star pretty well, seeing each other at a lot of Disney events, supplying the main voices for the Channel’s “Fish Hooks” animated series, debuting tonight (9/24) – and spending a week together in Nicaragua last month.

“We were there for Feed the Children,” recounts the beautiful blond 22-year-old.  “That actually brought us together on a level I haven’t experienced with a lot of people.  We saw a lot of poverty, a lot of kids struggling, first-hand.  It was eye-opening.  I was glad to have Kyle there to talk about it.”

Lacey Schwimmer, Kyle Massey ABC photo

Chelsea says that she and Kyle visited a feeding center at a school, then each accompanied a child who was being helped by the organization to show “how Feed the Children helps them.  We went to their homes and spent a day, saw what a day is like for them, really immersed ourselves in the whole thing.”

Their trek on behalf of the embattled organization, (which is working to move beyond controversy involving its fired president and founder, Larry Jones) was documented on camera, but Chelsea says she’s not sure in what form it will be presented.  “We came back a couple of days before the Emmys and it was really surreal — culture shock — to suddenly be in this world of dresses and parties.  It was amazing to see Kyle there,” notes Chelsea, whose philanthropic bent previously showed itself in the Haiti fundraiser she put together early this year.

“It’s awesome that Kyle’s doing ‘Dancing with the Stars.’  I will definitely be there for at least a couple of live performances,” she declares.  On “Fish Hooks,” a high school-set comedy but with animated fish – she voices theatrical Bea the goldfish, while Massey voices cool, fun-loving fish Milo.

MEANWHILE:  Chelsea is awaiting word on the Jonas Brothers’ Disney Channel hitcom.  “I can’t believe we’re already coming up to the end of the season.  We had a blast filming it, and we’re so proud of the final product,” she says of the show in which she costars with Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas and Nicole Anderson.  “Everything about it felt good; it was a great time for us.”

So, is it over?  “I think that’s kind of an open question,” she says.  “We’re in an interesting position because the show was pushed back a year due to the writer’s strike and the boys touring.  So now we’re two years in when we expected it to be four.  Are we done now?  Do we come back next summer?  I’m one of those, I would be happy either way.  It’s such a great show and I’ve loved every second of it.  If they wanted to go on I’d say yes in a heartbeat.”

Jonas Bros. Talk Growing Up, Getting Out

Jonas Brothers Disney Channel photo

When ‘Jonas L.A.’ launches June 20, fans will see that the Disney Channel series has matured — along with the superstar trio of brothers who give the show its name.

‘I think the evolution of who we are, growing up in general, is really cool,’ says 22-year-old Kevin, who married wife Danielle last December. ‘It really adds to our characters, and people can relate to it because they see our regular lives. Trying to keep us the same — still being in high school — wouldn’t have worked,’ he notes, referring to their TV counterparts.

Nick, 17, who went out on a tour of his own last year with his The Administration band, adds that he and his brothers ‘looked at all the things we had coming up individually and as a group, and took the time to make sure our focus was still there and drive was still there’ when it came to a second season of ‘Jonas.’

They’re pleased enough with the results that when asked whether they might even go on to a Season 3, Joe, 20,  answers, ‘We might. We don’t know yet. It depends on how the second season goes, I guess.’

We meet with the Jonases in their suite atop the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, escorted in by none other than famous bodyguard Big Rob. There’s a panoramic view of Los Angeles on one end of the suite’s vast living room, and giant screen monitors on the other. As we arrive, the brothers look like they’re having a blast playing NBA basketball with 11-year-old Disney Channel/Xbox 360 sweepstakes winner Gavin Liddell — and treating him and his mom and dad and little sister like esteemed guests.

The brothers make an entrance by helicopter on the rooftop of this very hotel in ‘Jonas L.A.,’ they let us know. Everything’s been kicked up a few notches. ‘It’s pretty amazing. It’s taken on a life of its own,’ says Kevin. Joe notes that seeing the first episodes all put together ‘was really exciting.’

Their whole summer looks to be really exciting as well. With their ‘L.A. Baby’ lead-off single from their forthcoming album out, they have their three-continent summer tour launching in July (with Demi and other ‘Camp Rock’ talent on the bill) — all part of the ramp up to their highly-anticipated ‘Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam’ debuting Sept. 3 on Disney Channel.

‘We are really excited about the tour,’ says Nick, ‘looking forward to getting out there and starting up again. We love touring and when we’re out on the road it just feels like home.’

‘Whenever we go off and do individual projects or acting individually, I think it’s important to focus on the fact we are still a band and that comes first,’ Kevin adds, ‘and we always come back to this. We really want to pursue this as the main focus and that’s really nice.’